Burnaby was incorporated in 1892 and achieved City status in 1992, one hundred years after incorporation. In the first 30 to 40 years after its incorporation, the growth of Burnaby was influenced by its location between expanding urban centres of Vancouver and New Westminster. It first served as a rural agricultural area supplying nearby markets. Later, it served as an important transportation corridor between Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, and the interior of the Province.
Burnaby is located at the geographical centre of Metro Vancouver. Situated between the City of Vancouver on the west and Port Moody, Coquitlam and New Westminster on the east, the City is further bounded by Burrard Inlet and the Fraser River on the North and South respectively.
Step back in time and rediscover our urban heritage at an authentic turn of the century town and rekindle romance on the restored vintage 1912 carousel. Costumed townsfolk welcome visitors to their shops and homes with demonstrations and fascinating hands-on activities. Old-fashioned fun for all ages from May through September and during Heritage Christmas in December! Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel is located at 6501 Deer Lake Avenue.
This diverse and exciting regional town centre encompasses a complete range of shopping, accommodation, and recreation facilities. Within Metrotown you can enjoy Central Park, with its nature trails, picnic and golf facilities, and professional sports at Swangard Stadium. You can also experience the largest shopping and entertainment complex in the province, the beautiful Burnaby Library, Civic Square, and the Bonsor Recreation Complex. Everything is within walking distance and is readily accessible from Vancouver, New Westminster, and Surrey via SkyTrain.
Intimate and peaceful, the trails in Deer Lake Park take visitors through cool woods, grassy meadows, and lakeside vistas. Watch for a variety of bird life, or enjoy the floral gardens. Deer Lake Park is also home to a variety of scenic and cultural facilities, including the Shadbolt Centre For the Arts, the Burnaby Art Gallery, and Century Gardens. For heritage buffs and those who would like to walk along Deer Lake, a 45 minute self-guided heritage walking tour is a must. This 2 kilometer walk takes you to seven stately homes set in the country landscape along the north shore of the lake in beautiful Deer Lake Park. A free tour brochure is available at Burnaby Village Museum, the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, or at Burnaby Art Gallery.
Burnaby's BC Parkway Trail is a 19-kilometre linear park strip connecting the Westminster Quay waterfront to False Creek in Vancouver. The Parkway provides a separated cycle and pedestrian trail system within a beautifully landscaped park corridor. Take your bike, bring a picnic lunch and stop at a park. Many possible destinations are along the route, which provide opportunities for brief outings or a longer journey.
Located in the middle of the city, Burnaby Lake Regional Park is a stunning wildlife sanctuary with excellent bird-watching opportunities. Look for great blue herons, bald eagles, belted kingfishers, and osprey - you might even spot rarer birds such as the green-backed heron. There's even a viewing tower that provides a bird's eye view for spotting wildlife.
With spectacular views of Vancouver, Richmond, the harbour and mountains, Burnaby Mountain Park is a local favourite for hiking enthusiasts. The park's network of trails provides untold opportunities for outdoor recreation, nature interpretation, and education in Burnaby.
The contemporary designed 18-hole layout at Burnaby Mountain Golf Course has always been a favourite with players of all levels. The natural tree-lined beauty of the fairway, combined with the gentle rolling terrain at the foot of Burnaby Mountain, offers a blend of charm, character, and serenity that enhances your enjoyment of the game. Staffed by qualified professionals who can help you with all aspects of your game, Burnaby Mountain Golf Course also offers a comprehensive golf development facility that includes a driving range.
Enjoy the sounds of everything from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra to the Blues & Roots Festival at Deer Lake.
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